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I really enjoyed playing under Shreyas Iyer: Axar Patel

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has said that he knew Shreyas Iyer from India A days and that really helped him connect well with the Delhi Capitals team.

Speaking in an Instagram live session with Delhi Capitals franchise, Axar was high on praise for Iyer’s captaincy. “On the field, he gives freedom to his bowlers,” he said. “He is quite patient as well, and I have really enjoyed playing under him.”

On switching from Kings XI Punjab prior to the 2019 auction, the 26-year-old was “sceptical” about where he will end up. “I had spent five years at the Punjab franchise, and I didn’t know where my future would lie. But when I was picked up by Delhi Capitals, I was really excited because the team had so many players I had played with before.”

“It was a bit different in the first couple days when I joined the pre-season camp, but it took me no time to adjust into the team due to the mood in the squad,” he said.

Speaking about head coach Ricky Ponting, he said that Ponting would have a seperate man of the match award in the dressing room.

“Ricky would give a separate Man of the Match Award in the dressing room for someone who used to contribute to the team. I ended up winning it five times, and it ended up being a good recognition for me personally, and it felt good to have contributed to the team’s victories,” he said.

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